If you are among those who are extensively using LinkedIn and your business or personal activities relies more on it in every day’s life, then your must change the password of your LinkedIn account immediately. Today LinkedIn has confessed that more than 6.5 million users’ password have been hacked and leaked online.
Company has released and official note on its blog post confirming the incident and putting the precautionary measures to follow for all LinkedIn users.
We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to Linkedin accounts,” wrote Vicente Silveira, Linkedin director. “We are continuing to investigate this situation.
LinkedIn has up the ante to ensure that leaked passwords can’t be used further to avoid any illegitimate activity. The embarrassment came to LinkedIn as a result of mishandling users’ calendar data coming through LinkedIn mobile app.
Though, company has outlined the steps to handle the situation, this has re-triggered the debate over security of users’ data travelling through mobile apps. This is not the first incident of breach of security in mobile space. Majority of crucial data breach, where sensitive information like users’ email Id and password is included, happens through mobile apps and users always stay unaware about the handling style of their sensitive information.
Due to explosive growth in mobile space, third party apps are cropping up in scores and mobile app marketplaces , apparently, have no robust process to evaluate the inherited functionality of such apps. There are more than 1.5 million apps currently available to download for various mobile OS platforms and around 30 million apps are being downloaded every day. Interestingly, there are only 6 – 7 certified App Stores to handle such huge number of Apps’ transactions.
In such conditions, certification of each and every App by App Stores is really and awful job which , in turn, may be enlarging the level of tolerance. Consequently, there are many Apps which could easily pass through the scrutiny procedures only to attack over sensitive information of users across mobile platforms.
Anyways, if you are one of the LinkedIn user and has not received any notification or warning mail from LinkedIn, you just can’t sit in safe heaven. Precaution is always better than Cure; you must change your password ( and if possible Email Id too) to keep enjoying your comfort cushion in future.